It had been a little while since I had last watched a TED talk. Today, being a quiet Sunday with my cup of coffee by my side I decided to pay the website a visit. On the homepage there’s always a spread of the most recent and/or interesting talks. I noticed the one right in the center labeled “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders” www.ted.com/talks/sheryl_sandberg_why_we_have_too_few_women_leaders.html
Of course I clicked on it right away. The first thought that crossed my mind though was the general thought that the cause of that happening it’s still that we perhaps are in an unprepared society, and to be guilty of charge, I thought right away about the threat we may represent to males.
But watching the video I realized that up to a very large point, I was wrong. What Sheryl Sandberg says in this TED Talk is real. Confidence is Success. Yes, perhaps it has taken us a long time to achieve gender equality, and in some places that is still not happening at all. But truth be told, as long as us women hesitate or doubt about our abilities we will not reach the high points in anything.
As long as you are sure that you can accomplish anything (and as long as that holds true in your mind, anyone can do it) there’s nothing that can stop you. Not just for women, for anyone. Just recently I heard an anecdote about a promotion in a high profile company to a more executive position. The promotion was held up to a vote. Only one person was in disagreement alleging that it would be unfair to promote this person to an executive position without a having at least a college degree. The person is question to the promotion later proofed his abilities to the person who voted against him. There was no choice but to promote him.
All this helped reassuring me that I’m capable of anything. Thankfully, I’ve received a college education, I’m prepared and determined. My new bosses have complete trust in my capabilities to be fulfilled in the job post they selected me to run. They exclusively looked for women to fill out this executive position. Yes, I’m young (a very recent college graduate), I’m a woman and I’m prepared. There’s only confidence to trust on and there will be success.